Mesdames on the Move: March 2019

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, Dear Readers!

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Our Mesdames are going West this month to Left Coast Crime in Vancouver, B. C. 

A number of our Mesdames and a Monsieur are participating in other events, as well as celebrating new stories accepted and published in anthologies. 

So come on in and join us for a month of stories to keep you warm and maybe even a little Irish craic.

 

BOOK READINGS AND OTHER EVENTS

Rotten Peaches

On March 7th, celebrate International Women’s Day with four Inanna authors! Join Mme. Lisa de Nikolits as she reads from Rotten Peaches, a novel so noir it’s almost comic. Readings by authors Mary Lou Dickinson, Ursula Pflug and author/poet Elizabeth Greene will also add to the crackling energy. The celebration takes place on Thursday, March 7th at 7 pm at Novel Idea, 156 Princess Street, Kingston, Ontario.

 

 

Lisa de Nikolits

Lisa de Nikolits

Mme. Lisa de Nikolits has two other events this month.

On Thursday, March 14th, she will join other authors at Hirut Cafe for their Bright Lit, Big City reading event. The event begins at 7:00 pm and Hirut Cafe is located at 2050 Danforth Avenue, Toronto, ON M4C 1J6.

Then, for all you tweeters, Mme. Lisa de Nikolits is hosting a Twitter chat for All Lit Up on Thursday, 28th March, 2-4 pm. All bloggers are hugely encouraged to join in the chat – the topic is blogging.

 

Lynne Murphy

Mme. Lynne Murphy will speak to the Tapestry Book Club in Vancouver on Wednesday, March 27th about the Mesdames of Mayhem and short story writing. The title of her talk is “You should put this in a story”, something we have all heard at one time or another.

THE MESDAMES OF MAYHEM AT LEFT COAST CRIME

Madeleine Harris-Callway

Lynne Murphy

Madona Skaff

 

 

 

 

Mmes M. H. Callway, Lynne Murphy and Madona Skaff will be attending Left Coast Crime (LCC) to be held in Canada for the first time in Vancouver from March 28 to 31st.  On Thursday, March 28th, 2:30 pm, Madona will be on the panel, Medicine and Science. Madeleine’s panel on Short Fiction and Novellas takes place Friday, March 29th at 9 am. She’ll also be reading from her short story, “The Seeker”, published in The Dame was Trouble, the same day at 2:50 pm.

One of the best events at LCC is Author-Reader Connections. Lynne, Madeleine and Madona are planning a Tea with the Mesdames. More details later this month.

PUBLICATION NEWS

A Matter of Time by Kevin Pl NortonSherlock Holmes returns to save the world from the evil genius of the brightest mind of his generation. Does time wait for no man or does time, this time, make an exception?  M. Kevin P. Thornton‘s story “A Matter of Time” just came out in the new anthology It Came from the North.

 

 

Murder Most Edible

Mme. Rosemary McCracken‘s story “Dining Out” has been accepted for publication in the 2019 Malice Domestic anthology Mystery Most Edible. The anthology comes out on May 3, 2019, in conjunction with Malice Domestic 31 held May 3- May 5, 2019, in Bethesda, Maryland.

 

 

 

 

Mme. Sylvia Warsh has a noir story “The Comeback” accepted for publication in a new US fiction anthology coming out in April 2019.

 

The Goddaughter Does Vegas

Stay tuned for information about Mme. Melodie Campbell‘s formal launch for The Goddaughter Does Vegas.

COMING UP ON DEAD TO WRITES

Dead to Writes

March 3: Interview M.H. Callway (Windigo Fire). Reading by Donna Carrick of “Incompetence Kills” by M.H. Callway, Starship Goodwords, Carrick Publishing, 2012.

March 10: Interview with author Lanna Webb (Lonesome Wolf).

March 17: Interview with former FBI Special Agent Barbara Van Driel (It Never Happened).

March 24: Interview with Howard Levine (Last Gasp).

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Mesdames on the Move: February 2019

Happy Valentine’s Day!

February is a busy month for the Mesdames with the year’s first new book launch, new events – and of course,  the Ontario Public Library Association’s annual superconference.

FIRST NEW BOOK OF 2019! And Gina is back!

Melodie Campbell

The Goddaughter Does Vegas

Our Queen of Comedy, Mme Melodie Campbell, has a new book out in her award-winning and hilarious Goddaughter series, The Goddaughter Does Vegas.

 

Her book, published by Orca Book, is available now in Chapters/Indigo, Amazon and independent bookstores. such as Sleuth of Baker Street and Book City.

THE MESDAMES LOVE LIBRARIANS!

Lisa de Nikolits with her book Rotten PeachesOn Friday, February 1st, Mme Lisa De Nikolits will pitch and sign her latest book, Rotten Peaches at the Ontario Library Association’s annual super-conference.

It’s become a tradition for the Crime Writers of Canada to pitch their new Canadian crime publications at a conference lunchtime event between 1:00 and 1:55 pm and to convince librarians why they should acquire these books in a strictly timed two minutes!

LEARN WITH MESDAMES

Rosemary McCrackenOn Wednesday, February 13 from 10:00 am to 12 noon, Mme Rosemary McCracken will be giving a talk titled: “Traditional Mysteries: The Christie Legacy” that is part of Learning Unlimited Etobicoke’s 10-week winter series, A World of Crime, held at Fairfield Senior’s Centre, 81 Lothian Avenue, Etobicoke

 

MESDAMES MYSTERY TEA

Join Mmes Lisa de Nikolits, Madeleine Harris-Callway and Rosemary McCracken for a Mystery Tea with readings, games, book draws and answers to questions about the crime writer’s life. With tea and delicious pastries provided by Rahier. Rahier Patisserie, Wednesday, Feb 20th, 2 to 4 pm (to be confirmed) Tickets $15.

Lisa de Nikolits, M. H. Callway, Rosemary McCracken

CONTEST FOR OUR FOURTH ANTHOLOGY!

Our 4th anthology, In the Key of Thirteen mingles music with murder. Publication and launch at Sleuth of Baker Street planned for this fall.

Once again, we are running a contest for authors previously unpublished in the mystery genre.  Check out the submission rules on this website.  Deadline for submissions is March 1, 2019. 

MESDAMES ON AIR

Mme Madeleine Harris-Callway joins host Mme Donna Carrick to talk about our upcoming anthology, In the Key of Thirteen, on Dead to Writes podcast Sunday, February 17th.

Follow Mme Lisa de Nikolits as she takes you on a funny, sometimes wild and always insightful daily journey into the life of a writer in her YouTube series Writer for a Year.

Mme Lisa de Nikolits is also on a Blog Tour this month.

02/01 Interview @ BooksChatter
02/04 Review @ The World As I See It
02/04 Showcase @ Crack A Book Cafe
02/06 Interview @ Quiet Fury Books
02/07 Showcase @ Stacking My Book Shelves!
02/08 Review @ Books Direct
02/10 Showcase @ Eclectic Moods
02/11 Interview @ A Blue Million Books
02/12 Review @ Archaeolibrarian – I Dig Good Books!
02/12 Review @ sunny island breezes
02/12 Showcase @ Just Books
02/13 Interview @ CMash Reads
02/14 Showcase @ Mythical Books
02/15 Review @ Tome Tender
02/16 Review @ Ruthie Jones: Reading by Moonlight
02/18 Showcase @ Celticladys Reviews
02/20 Showcase @ Sailor Girl Etc.
02/21 Showcase @ The Pulp and Mystery Shelf
02/23 Review @ The Literary Apothecary
02/24 Review @ Shelleens Musings
02/25 Review @ Queen of Random

COMING UP ON DEAD TO WRITES

Dead to Writes

February 3: Interview with author Michael Poeltl,  A.I. Insurrection; The General’s War. Reading by Donna Carrick of story “The Test of Time” by Melodie Campbell, from 13 O’Clock, by the Mesdames of MayhemCarrick Publishing, 2015.

February 10: Interview with author Lanna Webb, (Lonesome Wolf). Reading TBD.

February 17: Interview M.H. Callway (Windigo Fire). Reading by Donna Carrick of “Incompetence Kills” by M.H. Callway, Starship Goodwords, Carrick Publishing, 2012.

February 24: Interview with author Lisa de Nikolits (Rotten Peaches). Reading by Donna Carrick of “Troubled Times” by Lisa de Nikolits, from 13 Claws by the Mesdames of MayhemCarrick Publishing, 2017

 

 

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Mesdames on the Move: January 2019

Happy New Year Readers!

In 2018, the Mesdames of Mayhem had a truly fabulous year to share with you. 

In 2019, we’re looking forward to meeting many more of you at our upcoming events and workshops, as well as through your comments on this blog and our other social media. And don’t forget! We’ve also got the launch of our fourth anthology, In the Key of Thirteen coming up this fall!

BOOK READINGS AND EVENTS!

Lisa de Nikolits with her book Rotten PeachesAt 10 pm on Tuesday, January 29th, tune into CIUT Howl Radio for an interview with Mme Lisa de Nikolits by Nancy Bullis about Lisa’s latest book Rotten Peaches.

On Thursday, January 31st, 6 pm, Lisa will be reading at The Urban Folk Art Salon held at Mt. Pleasant Library, 599 Mt. Pleasant Rd, Toronto.

Mme de Nikolits will also be attending the Ontario Library Association’s (OLA’s) Super Conference, which extends from January 30th -February 2nd at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. She will present on Friday, February 1st, 1-2 p.m. 

 

PUBLICATION NEWS!

The Goddaughter Does VegasOn January 29th, look out for book six of Mme Melodie Campbell’s award-winning and hilarious Goddaughter series published by Orca Books. We can’t wait to read Gina’s (mis)adventures in The Goddaughter Does Vegas.

Her book will be available in Chapters/Indigo, Barnes & Noble, Amazon and fine independent bookstores, such as Sleuth of Baker Street and Book City.

 

 

CONTEST FOR OUR FOURTH ANTHOLOGY!

Our 4th anthology, In the Key of Thirteen mingles music with murder. Publication and launch at Sleuth of Baker Street planned for this fall.

Once again, we are running a contest for authors previously unpublished in the mystery genre.  Check out the submission rules on this website.  Deadline for submissions is March 1, 2019. 

CALLING ALL ASPIRING WRITERS

January is an excellent time to join that creative writing class you’ve always promised yourself. The Mesdames actively share their knowledge with and encourage new writers.

Rosemary McCracken

Mme Rosemary McCracken is back at George Brown College. Rosemary begins the year by filling in for course instructor Rob Brunet for Novel Writing I: How to Start Writing Your Novel. This is the beginning-level course for writers who are just starting a novel. Novel Writing I runs from Tuesday, January 9th  until March 27th.

Register for Novel Writing I: How to Start Writing Your Novel.

Rosemary will return to her regular Novel Writing II: How to Develop Your Novel. Her Novel Writing II course is for those already deep into writing their novels. The course runs from April 9th through June 25th.

COMING UP ON DEAD TO WRITES

Dead to WritesJanuary 6: Interview with author V.V. Drummond (In Extremis). Reading by Donna Carrick of story TBA.

January 13: Interview with author Brenda Chapman (Stonechild and Rouleau mystery series). Reading by Donna Carrick of story TBA.

January 20: Interview with author Michael Poetle (Insurrection). Reading by Donna Carrick of story TBA.

January 27: Interview with author Lanna Webb (Lonesome Wolf). Reading by Donna Carrick of story TBA.

 

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2018: WOW WHAT A YEAR!

Happy New Year Readers!

In 2018, the Mesdames of Mayhem came into their own. We had a truly fabulous year: a major new venture, awards and critical recognition and many book and story publications.

We’re looking forward to another terrific year in 2019 with the launch of our fourth anthology, In the Key of Thirteen. Hope to meet many more of you at our upcoming events and workshops!

Here’s our year end review for 2018. Mesdames on the Move for January will be up shortly.

13 Claws a Critical Hit!

Our third anthology, 13 Claws, featured 17 crime stories starring (mostly) evil animals: cats, dogs, snakes, a fish, a dragon – even animal crackers.

First, Jack Batten, crime fiction reviewer for the Toronto Star, gave us a glowing write-up.

Then 13 Claws received FOUR Arthur Ellis nominations. Authors Catherine Astolfo, Jane Burfield, M. H. Callway and Sylvia Warsh were thrilled to have their stories nominated.

But more good news was to come. In May, Catherine Astolfo’s chilling tale, “The Outlier”, WON the Arthur Ellis Best Short Story Award!

Later in November, two of our stories, “The Outlier” by Catherine Astolfo and “The Ranchero’s Daughter” by Sylvia Warsh, were long-listed in Otto Penzler’s Best American Mystery Stories 2018, edited by Louise Penny

 

 

Donna and Alex Carrick

A HUGE thank-you to Carrick Publishing,  publisher of the Mesdames of Mayhem anthologies: Thirteen, 13 O’clock and 13 Claws!

All three books are available on Amazon, at our favorite bookstore, Sleuth of Baker Street and on the shelves of the Toronto Public Library.

 

 

Our 4th Anthology Announced!

Our 4th anthology, In the Key of Thirteen mingles music with murder. Publication and launch at Sleuth of Baker Street planned for this fall.  

Once again, we are running a contest for authors previously unpublished in the mystery genre.  Check out the submission rules on this website.  Deadline for submissions is March 1, 2019. 

 

First Anniversary for Dead to Writes Podcast !

Dead to WritesIn January, 2018, Donna Carrick launched a new venture: her weekly podcast, Dead to Writes. Each week, Donna interviews a mystery writer and reads a work of their short fiction.

On New Year’s Eve, Dead to Writes celebrated its first anniversary: 52 weeks of great author interviews and readings.

Listeners can look forward to more excellent weekly podcasts in 2019. Listen on iTunes podcasts or on Google Play Music.

 

A Peak Publication Year!

 

Rosemary Aubert

Rosemary Aubert

Strong Certain and AloneRosemary Aubert returned to her literary roots  and published Strong, Certain and Alone, a collection of poems inspired by the works of Isaac Newton.

 

 

 

M. H. Callway

Mystery Weekly April 2018

 

M. H. Callway’s story, “The Cry”, appeared in the April issue of Mystery Weekly, a new Canadian publication showcasing short crime fiction. Together with Melodie Campbell, she was invited to contribute to The Dame Was Troublea collection of noir crime fiction about women by women authors.  Her story’s title is  “The Seeker”.

Melodie Campbell

Mystery Weekly June 2018B-Team

 

 

 

 

Melodie Campbell, our Queen of Comedy, launched her new series, The B Team: The Case of the Angry First Wife, which received a shout-out in prestigious Ellery Queen Magazine.  And she signed a contract for the seventh book in the Goddaughter series, The Goddaughter Does Vegas. (Both books with Orca Book Publishers.) In addition to her chilling tale, :”Hook, Line and Sinker” in The Dame Was Trouble, her cross-genre story, “A Ship Called Pandora” was published in the June edition of Mystery Weekly.

 

Lisa De Nikolits

Rotten Peaches

 

Lisa De Nikolits’ eighth psychological thriller, Rotten Peaches received very positive reviews and a by-line from Karen Dionne, best-selling author of The Marsh King’s Daughter. And Lisa’s seventh thriller,  No Fury Like That ,  has been translated into Italian with a launch date in Italy summer 2019. (Both books published by Inanna Publications.)

 

Rosemary McCracken

Black Water 2nd EditionRaven LakeMystery Weekly July 2018

 

 

 

 

 

Rosemary McCracken’s Pat Tierney trilogy was re-released in 2019 with a beautiful new cover for the first book in the series, Safe Harbour.  Her story, “Bear Country” appeared in the July issue of Mystery Weekly and her noir story, “Dining Out” will appear in the 2019 Malice Domestic Anthology, Mystery Most Edible.

 

Rosalind Place

Roz Place

The County WaveRosalind Place’s story, “The Garden Door”, was published in County Wave, an anthology of works by 21 Prince Edward County writers. (Cressy Lakeside Books)

 

 

 

Caro Soles

Caro Soles

People Like UsCaro Soles’s thriller, People Like Us, was published by Crossroad Press and received warm reviews. She signed a contract with Inanna Publications for her latest novel which is scheduled to be released in 2020.

 

 

Sylvia Warsh

Sylvia Warsh

Mystery Most GeographicalSylvia Warsh’s story, “The Cabin in the Woods” appeared in Malice Domestic’s 2018 anthology, Murder Most Geographical. Her story, “A Clean Slate”, was a winner in the Open Book contest held by the Ontario Book Publishers Organization. Sylvia’s story portrayed immigrants’ experiences in North York. And her noir tale, “The Veiled Heart”, will appear in the next issue of Down and Out Magazine.

CONFERENCES AND PUBLIC APPEARANCES!

WORD ON THE STREET by Lynne Murphy

Lynne Murphy

Word on the Street (WOTS) is one of Toronto’s biggest literary festivals and on Sunday, Sept. 23d, the Mesdames of Mayhem were there.

For the fourth year in a row, we staffed a booth at Harbourfront. We sold copies of our anthologies: Thirteen, 13 o’clock, and 13 Claws, helped support literacy and made new friends. The weather was perfect and Toronto book lovers turned out in throngs.

We had an exceptionally attractive booth, posters courtesy of  Lisa de Nikolits, our resident artist. Catherine Dunphy and I were responsible for the setup and Sylvia Warsh for the teardown. Marilyn Kay took photos of our booth and others.

Lynne and Cathy D

Lynne and Sylvia

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lisa, Rosemary and Sylvia could also be found signing books at the Sisters in Crime booth and Crime Writers of Canada. Lisa also signed books at Inanna Publishers.

Lisa

Rosemary McCracken and Cathy D

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rosemary and Ed Piwowarczyk, our token monsieur, introduced our anthologies to book blogger Amie Lambert-Gaudet (amiesbookreviews.wordpress.com) who plans to include the Mesdames in a future blog. Stay tuned.

Now we look forward to next year when we plan to introduce our newest anthology, In the Key of 13 to the public. We hope to see all our fans there.

Noir at the Bar

Ed Piwowarczyk

Ed Piwowarczyk

Noir at the Bar  has become a Toronto tradition. In 2018, Rob Brunet and Hope Thompson organized two great evenings at the Wallace Gastropub.  Ed Piwowarczyk was one of the featured authors in April where he read from his 13 Claws story, “Snake Bit”.

Bony Blithe Minicon 

Cheryl Freedman

Cheryl Freedman is one of the founders of the Bony Blithe award for light mystery fiction. She reports that the 2018 Bony Blithe Minicom was once again well-attended and great fun for all.

Building on its success, she and Caro Soles have expanded it and renamed it, The Bloody Words Minicon.  The new one-day conference is scheduled for May 24, 2019.   Stay tuned for details!

 

More Conferences!

 

In May,  M. H. Callway, Marilyn Kay, Rosemary McCracken,  Ed Piwowarczyk and Madona Skaff  attended Limestone Genre Expo in Kingston, Ontario. They  participated on author panels, gave workshops and met readers. Many thanks to Liz Strange and her team for organizing.

 

In September, Catherine Astolfo and Caro Soles were guest authors at the  Picton women crime writers weekend, Women Killing It . Fingers crossed it continues to be an annual event!

 

More Readings and Events!

In 2018, the Mesdames gave numerous readings, participated in panel discussions and held workshops at libraries, colleges, clubs and book stores. Several events were together with Toronto Sisters in Crime and Crime Writers of Canada.

An author’s best friend is a librarian. A HUGE THANK YOU goes out to the wonderful support of the Beaches, Mt. Pleasant, Pape and Palmerston Branches of the Toronto Public Library.

Cathy Dunphy

Cathy Dunphy

Two events stand out. Our fearless leader, Cathy Dunphy, arranged an evening on international crime writing with the Burlington University Women’s Club and our guest appearance at the Writers and Editors Network.  Both very successful!

 

NEW MEMBER!

Kevin Thornton

Kevin Thornton

Marilyn Kay

Marilyn Kay

We are now 19 members strong! In 2018, we became a national organization when our second Monsieur, Kevin Thornton, joined the Mesdames. Kevin lives and writes in Alberta.

And finally a big THANK YOU, to our editor, photog and web guru, Marilyn Kay, for all her hard work and help!

 

LOOKING FORWARD TO MANY MORE ADVENTURES IN 2019!!

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MESDAMES ON THE MOVE: DECEMBER 2018

HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM THE MESDAMES!

The year is winding down but the Mesdames are still making news. Our very successful anthology, 13 Claws, remained a highlight in 2018, garnering four Arthur Ellis nominations!! What’s more, Mme Catherine Astolfo won this year’s Arthur Ellis Best Short Story Award for her terrifying tale, “The Outlier”, in 13 Claws!!!

We were blown away to be so honoured! And we owe everything to Carrick Publishing.

Building on our success, our fourth anthology, In the Key of Thirteen, is underway. And the second contest for new authors previously unpublished in crime fiction opened on October 15th with the deadline for submission, March 1, 2019. Check the page on this website for submission rules.

 

BOOKS FOR THE HOLIDAYS!

Books make terrific holiday gifts, especially the latest books by the Mesdames of Mayhem!

Rotten Peaches Lisa De Nikolits’ latest literary thriller, Rotten Peaches (Inanna Publications) is a gripping epic filled with disturbing and unforgettable insights into the human condition. Love, lust, race and greed. How far will you go? Two women. Two men. One happy ending. It takes place in Canada, the U.S. and South Africa. Nature or nurture. South Africa, racism and old prejudices — these are hardly old topics but what happens when biological half-siblings meet with insidious intentions? Can their moral corruption be blamed on genetics — were they born rotten to begin with? And what happens when they meet up with more of their ilk? What further havoc can be wreaked with devastating familial consequences?

 

Safe Harbour 2nd EditionBlack Water 2nd Edition

Raven Lake

Rosemary McCracken’s popular Pat Tierney series of Safe Harbor, Black Water and Raven Lake is now in its second edition, with a gorgeous new cover for Safe Harbor

 

 

People Like Us

Caro Soles has a new novel, People Like Us (Crossroad Press) that asks how well do you know your friends? At a cottage reunion of old university pals, a long-buried secret threatens to crack their perfect lives wide open. Tentacles from the past grasp each of them, until one buckles under the pressure and slides headlong into murder.

 

 

Strong Certain and Alone

Rosemary Aubert has a new book of poetry, Strong, Certain and Alone: Poems in the Voice of Isaac Newton (Carrick Publishing). These poems, written as though in his own voice, show Sir Isaac Newton to be a person much more at ease in searching for answers to the mysteries of the universe than to the secrets of his own heart.

 

 

B-Team

Melodie Campbell’s The B-Team: The Case of the Angry First Wife (Orca Book Publishers) is a spin-off comedy adventure of Melodie’s popular Goddaughter series. Del, Gina’s cousin, teams up with her elderly Aunt Kitty and scary friend, Ritz, to do wrong for all the right reasons. And sometimes it even works!

 

 

For fans of short crime fiction, The Dame Was Trouble (Coffin Hop Press Ltd) offers a collection of noir stories featuring dames, all by Canadian women crime writers.  M. H. Callway’s story “The Seeker”and Melodie Campbell’s “Hook, Line and Sinker” are in the line-up with tales by leading  authors Gail Bowen and Kelly Armstrong.

 

 

Mystery Most Geographical

Sylvia Warsh’s story, “The Cabin in the Woods” appears in the 2018 Malice Domestic anthology, Mystery Most Geographical. Setting is the critical element in all the crime stories. Sylvia and  Susan Daly are the only two Canadian authors in the collection, both Toronto Sisters in Crime! 

 

 

The County WaveRoz Place’s short story, “The Garden Door”, appears in The County Wave (Cressy Lakeside Books), an anthology of 21 Prince Edward County authors, with a wide range of styles and storylines that are thought-provoking and entertaining, with illustrations by local artists.

 

 

Mystery Weekly April 2018

M. H. Callway’s suspense story, “The Cry” appears in the April issue of Mystery Weekly Magazine, a new Canadian mystery  publication which showcases noir and hard-boiled short fiction.

 

 

Mystery Weekly July 2018Rosemary McCracken’s short story, “Black Bear Country”, is published in the July issue of Mystery Weekly Magazine.

 

 

 

Mystery Weekly June 2018

Melodie Campbell’s new short story, “A Ship Called Pandora”, appears in the June issue of Mystery Weekly Magazine.

NEWS AND EVENTS!

On Thursday, Dec 6th, 6:30 pm the Mesdames will be out in force to celebrate with friends and fellow authors at the annual Sisters in Crime/CWC Holiday Party. This year the party will be held at 60 Collier St, Toronto.  Tickets are available online through Toronto Sisters in Crime.

 

Caro SolesCaro Soles is delighted to share that she has signed a contract with Inanna Publications for her new novel, Dancing with the Chairs in the Music House. Publication date to be announced next year.

 

 

REMINDERS

The deadline for submissions to the Canadian Crime Writers’ 2018 Arthur Ellis Awards is coming up on December 15th! Find the submission rules and further information on the CWC website’s Arthur Ellis Awards page.

 

 

COMING UP ON DEAD TO WRITES

Dead to WritesDecember 2: Interview with author Rosemary McCracken (Safe Harbor, Raven Lake, Black Water). Reading by Donna Carrick of story “Antonio” by Rosemary McCracken, from World Enough and CrimeCarrick Publishing, 2014.

December 9: Interview with author Marta Moran Bishop (EmotionsDinky the Nurse Mare’s FoalThe Void.) Reading of short story “Belief” by Jane Petersen Burfield from EFD1: Starship Goodwords, Carrick Publishing.

December 16: Interview with E.C. Frey (Entangled Moon). Reading by Donna Carrick of “Kitty Claws to the Rescue” by Rosemary Aubert13 Claws by the Mesdames of MayhemCarrick Publishing, 2017

December 23: Interview with author Marilyn Kay (“That Damn Cat”, “Journey into the Dark”). Reading by Donna Carrick of “That Damn Cat” by Marilyn Kay, from 13 Claws by the Mesdames of MayhemCarrick Publishing, 2017

December 30: Interview with author Joan O’Callaghan (Colours of CanadaAmazing Days). Reading by Donna Carrick of the short story “Thrice the Brinded Cat” by Joan O’Callaghan, from 13 O’Clock, by the Mesdames of MayhemCarrick Publishing, 2015

 

 

 

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MESDAMES ON THE MOVE – NOVEMBER

Greetings, Readers!

It’s November, time to get cozy with your favorite books, especially crime fiction! And for the hardy authors among us, it’s National Novel Writing Month, the annual writing marathon where participating writers aim to churn out 50,000 words by November 30th. Our collective experience? A great way to unleash creativity and to generate new characters, plot lines and twists, but best to write to a plan or spend the next 11 months editing!

November is a busy time for the Mesdames with publication news and lots of readings and events. And for emerging crime fiction writers, an invitation to submit to the contest for our fourth anthology, In the Key of Thirteen. Check out the submission rules on the special In the Key of Thirteen page of this website.

PUBLICATION NEWS!

Sylvia Warsh

Mme Sylvia Warsh has sold her story, “The Veiled Heart” to Down and Out Magazine, a leading US publisher of noir crime fiction. “The Veiled Heart” is an actual Salvador Dali print, but Sylvia’s tale about an obsessed collector who will do anything to acquire it is fortunately fiction. The story is scheduled to appear in the next issue of Down and Out Magazine.

 

BOOK READINGS AND EVENTS!

CWC Day of Crime Author Event

On Saturday, November 3rd, come out and meet Mmes Lisa de Nikolits and Madeleine Harris-Callway as they join fellow Crime Writers of Canada authors Lynn McPherson, Judy Penz Sheluk and Ilona Salley at Chapters Newmarket, 17440 Yonge Street, from 11 am to 3 pm for A Day of Crime and book signing.

CWC Perfect Crime Day

Meet Mme Madona Skaff for a Crime Writers of Canada meet and greet and book signing with fellow local Ottawa authors John Moss, Jim Napier and Melissa Yi on Saturday, November 17th from 12 noon to 4 pm at Perfect Books, 258A Elgin Street.

 

Lisa de Nikolits

Lisa de Nikolits

On Thursday, November 15th from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Mme Lisa de Nikolits and four other local authors from Crime Writers of Canada take part in a panel focusing on Toronto as a setting for writers of fiction and non-fiction crime stories. Featured authors will each do a reading, followed by a panel discussion on what makes Toronto unique as a setting in stories, and why they chose to include it in their book. Panel authors include Tracy L. Ward (Historical Mystery), Lisa de Nikolits (Literary Thriller/Noir), Nate Hendley (True Crime) and Arthur Haberman (Police Procedural)
Mount Pleasant  Library, 599 Mount Pleasant Road from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

 

Catherine Dunphy, Lisa de Nikolits, Madeleine Harris-Callway, Rosemary McCracken

Catherine Dunphy, Lisa de Nikolits, Madeleine Harris-Callway, Rosemary McCracken

On Saturday, November 17, Mme Cathy Dunphy leads the panel of Mmes Lisa De Nikolits, Madeleine Harris-Callway and Rosemary McCracken to discuss crime writing at a Writers & Editors Network breakfast. This is a private event.

Inanna Publications 40th Celebration

Join Mme Lisa de Nikolits in celebrating 40 years of Feminist Publishing. All are invited! FreeTickets are through Eventbrite’s Inanna Publications 40th Anniversary. Tranzac Club
292 Brunswick Avenue
Toronto, ON M5S 2M7
Thursday, November 22, 2018
7:30 pm to 11:00 pm

Tartan Turban Secret Readings

Mme Lisa de Nikolits will be hosting The Tartan Turban Secret Readings on Friday 23rdNovember, from 7-10pm, at Barrett and Welsh, 577 Kingston Road, Suite 301. Free. Tickets are through Eventbrite’s Tartan Turban Secret Readings #14.

Guest readers will be Aparna Kaji Shah, Stedmond Pardy, Myna Wallin, Mayank Bhatt, Tehmina Khan, Evadne Macedo, Wubit Zewdu, Micheal Fraser and Gavin Barrett. The evening’s theme:  From around the world we have come, to Canada, to find a home.

REMINDERS!

The deadline for submissions to the Canadian Crime Writers’ 2018 Arthur Ellis Awards is coming up on December 15th! Find the submission rules and further information on the CWC website’s Arthur Ellis Awards page.

COMING UP ON DEAD TO WRITES

Dead to Writes Podcast

November 1: Interview with Alison Bruce, (Ghost Writer). Reading of “Family Values” by Sylvia Maultash Warsh, from EFD1: Starship Goodwords, Carrick Publishing.
November 4: Interview with author Joseph Glazner, (MurderlandLife After America). Reading of short story “The Battle of Beaver Hill by Melodie Campbell, from EFD1: Starship Goodwords, Carrick Publishing.
November 11: Interview with Helen Burke (Today the Birds Will Sing, Collected Poems). Reading by Donna Carrick of “Remember Me” by Alexander Galant, from World Enough and Crime, Carrick Publishing, 2014
November 18: Interview with author Karen Katchur (River Bodies). Reading by Donna Carrick of “The Legend of the Corkscrew Swamp”, story by Dayna Leigh Cheser, from EFD1: Starship Goodwords, Carrick Publishing.
November 25: Interview with author Rosemary McCracken (Safe HarborRaven LakeBlack Water). Reading by Donna Carrick of story “Antonio” by Rosemary McCracken, from World Enough and Crime, Carrick Publishing, 2014.

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CONTEST ANNOUNCED FOR IN THE KEY OF THIRTEEN!

 

 

Announcing our second short story contest for Canadian writers previously unpublished in the genre of crime fiction. The winning story will be included in our fourth anthology, In the Key of Thirteen, to be published in 2019.

Check the page on our website for the detailed contest rules. Deadline for submission is March 1, 2019.

Judging of the stories will be done blind by a committee. You must remove all personal identifiers from the header, footer and body of your submission.

Please contact mcallway1@gmail.com for all questions related to this contest.

 

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MESDAMES ON THE MOVE – OCTOBER

Happy Thanksgiving and Halloween Readers!

October is one of the busiest times of the year for authors – and readers. The nights are getting colder, the nights longer: all the better to cozy up with a delicious crime novel.

Word on the Street was a great success this year with the Mesdames back hosting their own table and helping out at the Crime Writers of Canada and Sisters in Crime booths.

The Mesdames are racing ahead of the cold fall winds this month with Mmes Lisa De Nikolits’ and Rosemary Aubert’s book launches, several readings and events.

BOOK LAUNCHES!

Lisa de Nikolits

Lisa de Nikolits

Be sure to attend Inanna Publications Fall Book Launch No. 3 featuring Mme Lisa de Nikolits at the official launch of her avant-garde thriller, Rotten Peaches The event takes place Thursday, October 25th, 6 to 8:30 pm at the Women’s Art Association of Canada, 23 Prince  Arthur Avenue, Toronto, ON. Special guest jazz musician Patrick Hewan will be on hand. Refreshments will be served. Free. For more information about the launch, check out Inanna’s Facebook event.

Rotten Peaches is Lisa’s 8th novel!  It’s received rave reviews already, including kudos from Karen Dionne, the best-selling author of The Marsh King’s Daughter.

Lisa freely admits that her protagonists are nasty people, but she felt compelled to explore what happens when biological half-siblings meet with insidious intentions. Were they born rotten? What further havoc will they wreak upon their families and the world once they join forces?

Lisa continues to thrill us with her disturbing and unforgettable insights into the human condition to create a gripping epic readers can’t put down.

 

Rosemary Aubert

Rosemary Aubert

And on Tuesday, October 23rd, 7 pm, Mme Rosemary Aubert  invites everyone to attend the launch of her new book Strong, Certain and Alone, Poems in the Voice of Isaac Newton. The event will take place at the Arts and Letters Club, 14 Elm Street, Toronto.

Rosemary’s book is a labour of love, the culmination of many years of artistic exploration. Readers may not know that Rosemary began her writing life as a poet (as did crime fiction authors, Peter Robinson and Margaret Atwood). Rosemary used the Toronto poetry scene as the background for her gripping thriller, Terminal Grill.

SHOUT-OUTS AND RECOGNITION!

Catherine Astolfo

Sylvia Warsh

Sylvia Warsh

Huge congratulations to Mmes Cathy Astolfo and Sylvia Warsh whose short stories in 13 Claws are listed as “Other Distinguished Mystery Stories of 2017” in Otto Penzler’s Best American Mystery Stories 2018.

“The Outlier” by Cathy Astolfo won this year’s Arthur Ellis Short Story Award and “The Ranchero’s Daughter” by Sylvia Warsh was short-listed.  Jack Batten, Toronto Star’s crime fiction reviewer, called “The Outlier” a tale scary enough to frighten Paul Bernardo.  This is HUGE recognition for Cathy and Sylvia, for Carrick Publishing and of course, our anthology, 13 Claws!

 

Rosemary McCracken

Congratulations to Mme Rosemary McCracken whose darkly comic short story, “Dining Out,” has been accepted for the Malice Domestic 2019 anthology, Mystery Most Edible. It will be published by Wildside Press. For a full listing of the stories check out the Malice Domestic website.

 

BOOK READINGS AND EVENTS!

Melodie Campbell

Melodie Campbell

M. H. Callway

Rosemary McCracken

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Thursday, October 4th, 5 pm, Mmes M. H. Callway, Melodie Campbell and Rosemary McCracken join authors Lynn McPherson and Dianne Scott in conducting an Unhanged Arthur Workshop for aspiring young writers. The Unhanged Arthur is the nickname for Crime Writers of Canada’s Best Unpublished Mystery Novel Award. All three Mesdames are winners or finalists of Arthur Ellis awards.

Workshop members will be talking about what writers should aim for when submitting to the Unhanged Arthur contest. Deadline for submitting to the 2019 Unhanged Arthur contest, sponsored by Dundurn Press, is coming up on Oct. 15th. Entrants must submit the opening 5,000 words of their completed crime fiction novel AND a 500-word synopsis. The submission rules are here: http://www.crimewriterscanada.com/images/stories/ArthurEllis/Current-Unhanged-Rules.pdf

The workshop includes interviews of the CWC authors, readings and a blue-pencil session with attendees. Location: Jane Sheppard Library, 1906 Sheppard Ave West, Toronto.

Caro Soles

On Thursday, October 18th, 6 pmMmes Rosemary Aubert, M. H. Callway, Lisa De Nikolits, Rosemary McCracken and Caro Soles will be back at the Mount Pleasant Library to discuss where they get their story ideas, getting published, short story writing and much more. Location: Mount Pleasant Library,  599 Mt. Pleasant Road, Toronto.

 

 

 

Catherine Astolfo

Melodie Campbell

Melodie Campbell

Sylvia Warsh

Sylvia Warsh

 

 

 

 

 

 

Also on Thursday, Oct 18th, 7 pm, Mmes Catherine Astolfo, Melodie Campbell and Sylvia Warsh, join authors Karen Blake-Hall, Linda Cahill, Susan Daly and Helen Nelson at Toronto Sisters in Crime for Writing short stories: How hard can it be? Mme Melodie Campbell moderates this powerhouse panel to discuss the whys, wherefores and inspirations for their short stories. And what are the differences from writing longer form? Catherine’s story, “The Outlier”, in our anthology 13 Claws, won the Arthur Ellis Short Story Award. Melodie and Sylvia’s stories have been nominated many times.

The meeting will be held at  the Toronto Public Library, Northern District Branch, 40 Orchard View Blvd (just a block north of Eglinton subway station on Yonge, half a block west of Yonge). Take the elevator in the lobby to the second floor. Everyone is welcome to attend. Please note: a $5 fee is charged for non-members.

On Saturday, October 20th, 9:30 to 2:30 pm, Mmes M. H. Callway and Rosemary McCracken will be book signing and selling at the 28th annual Flamborough Fall Book Fair. Location: St. James United Church, 306 Parkside Drive, Waterdown, Ont.

MORE NEWS!

Our fourth anthology, In the Key of Thirteen, is underway. And the second contest for new authors previously unpublished in crime fiction will open on October 15th with the deadline for submission, March 1, 2019.

Contest rules will be published on our website shortly. Look for our announcement on Facebook and Twitter. All emerging crime fiction authors welcome.

COMING UP ON DEAD TO WRITES

Dead to Writes Podcast

October 1: Interview with true crime author Nate Hendley (The Boy on the Bicycle: A Forgotten Case of Wrongful Conviction) about Ron Moffatt and his wrongful conviction

October 7: Interview with Economist, author and husband Alex Carrick. Reading of “The Madame Lazonga Defense”, by Alex Carrick from Three Scoops Is A Blast, Carrick Publishing, 2010

October 14: Interview with Carolyn Cohagan (Time Zero). Reading by Donna Carrick of “Ghost Protocol” by Angie Capozello, from World Enough and Crime, Carrick Publishing, 2014

October 21: Interview with author Rachael Sparks (Resistant). Reading of “The Canadian Caper” by Mme Rosemary Aubert, from Thirteen by the Mesdames of Mayhem, Carrick Publishing 2013

October 28: Interview with Alison Bruce, (Ghost Writer). Reading of “Family Values” by Mme Sylvia Maultash Warsh, from Thirteen by the Mesdames of Mayhem, Carrick Publishing, 2013

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MESDAMES ON THE MOVE – SEPTEMBER

Welcome back, Readers!

Hope you had a great summer holiday. Hard to believe it’s already September with this hot weather, but Fall is here and the Mesdames are back on the move with book news, readings and events. And we’re happy to report recognition for our authors, too!

September has one of the year’s most important writing events, Toronto’s annual Word on the Street. The Mesdames will be back hosting their own table and will be helping out at tables sponsored by Crime Writers of Canada and Sisters in Crime. Do pay us a visit! 

 

SHOUT-OUTS AND RECOGNITION!

Melodie Campbell

Melodie Campbell

Mme Melodie Campbell received a glowing review in the September/October 2018 issue of Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine for her very funny thriller, The B Team: The Case of the Angry First WifeHere’s what the reviewer had to say:

“the Canadian literary heir to Donald Westlake”

“The Toronto Sun calls her the Canadian “Queen of Comedy,” but I like to think of her as the Canadian literary heir to Donald Westlake. After five books featuring mafia goddaughter Gina Gallo, Campbell has launched this spin-off series about a bumbling team of vigilante heroes led by Gina’s cousin Del and seventy-something-year-old former cat burglar Great Aunt Kitty. The fast-paced humor is characterized by situations that are simultaneously madcap and bizarrely banal.”

 

Lisa de Nikolits

Mme Lisa De Nikolits is thrilled that her existentialist thriller, No Fury Like That, is short- listed for The 2018 Very Best Fiction Award by the Miramichi Reader, Independent Book Reviews for Independent Readers!

And her upcoming book, Rotten Peaches, received a rave review from Karen Dionne, the best-selling author of The Marsh King’s Daughter. Karen writes:

“Wow. Just wow. Lisa de Nikolits’ Rotten Peaches blew me away. A dark, compulsive, and addictive story in which the characters’ secrets and needs conflict with each other and fold back in on themselves in an ever-tightening noose, Rotten Peaches will keep readers gripped until the very last page. Highly recommended!”

Rotten Peaches launches at the Women’s Art Association of Canada, 23 Prince Arthur St, October 25th.

BOOK READINGS AND EVENTS!

Catherine Astolfo

Catherine Astolfo

Caro Soles

Caro Soles

The Women Killing It Festival in Picton, Ontario is coming up fast. This Labour Day weekend, August 31st to September 2nd, meet Mmes Cathy Astolfo and Caro Soles and many other fine Canadian crime women writers in beautiful Prince Edward County. Events include workshops, readings and a Victorian Tea.

Full details are on the Women Killing It festival’s website.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mesdames panel for the International Relations Section of the Women's University Club, Mississauga

L to R: Cathy Dunphy, Melodie Campbell, Lisa de Nikolits, Marilyn Kay, Rosemary McCracken

On Thursday, September 20, Mme Cathy Dunphy leads the panel of Mmes Melodie Campbell, Lisa De Nikolits, Marilyn Kay and Rosemary McCracken to discuss crime fiction and international affairs with the Mississauga University Women’s Club. This is a private event.

 

Canzine Toronto

On Saturday, September 22nd, 4 pm, Mme Lisa de Nikolits will participate in a Panel discussion at Broken Pencil’s Canzine Toronto: Festival of Zines and Underground Culture with authors A.G. Pasquella, Brian Busby and more. The panel’s topic:  The Noir Small Press Resurgence: Anxiety, depravity, depression and, of course, hardboiled entertainment! Why noir is now a small press staple!

On September 28th and 29th, Lisa will be attending the Fog Lit Festival in St John, New Brunswick. She will be doing a group reading on Friday, Sept 28th, 7 pm and leading a workshop, The ABC’s to Better Writing, Saturday, Sept 29th at 9 am.

 

Word on the Street Toronto 2018

WORD ON THE STREET! Sunday, September 23rd

Jane Petersen Burfield

Jane Burfield

Lynne Murphy

Lynne Murphy

Ed Piwowarczyk

Ed Piwowarczyk

Sylvia Warsh

Sylvia Warsh

 

 

 

 

The Mesdames of Mayhem are back in 2018 hosting their own table at this annual event for book lovers. Mmes Jane Burfield, Lisa De Nikolits, Cathy Dunphy, Marilyn Kay, Rosemary McCracken, Lynne Murphy, Sylvia Warsh and M. Ed Piwowarczyk will be on hand to tell readers about the Mesdames, to sell our award-winning anthology, 13 Claws, and of course, books by our authors. Come visit us in the Writers Block at table WB 7 from 10 am to 5 pm.

Word on the Street 2018 map

And be sure to visit Mme Caro Soles at the Bloody Words Mini-con booth, WB 12.

Caro Soles

Caro Soles

 

PUBLICATION NEWS!

M. H. Callway

Coffin Hop Press’s noir anthology, The Dame Was Trouble launched in Calgary at the When Worlds Collide convention. All copies sold out!! The book is now available on Amazon.ca,  Mmes M. H. Callway and Melodie Campbell are thrilled to be in the line-up which includes: Gail Bowen, Kelly Armstrong, Elle McPherson and Jayne Bernard.

More good news from Mme Melodie Campbell. The seventh book in her hilarious Goddaughter series will be published by Orca Books in January 2019. We can’t wait to read Gina’s (mis)adventures in The Goddaughter Does Vegas.

 

SAVE THE DATE!

Our fourth anthology, In the Key of Thirteen, is underway. And we’re delighted to announce the second contest for new authors previously unpublished in crime fiction.

The contest will open in October with deadline for submission, March 1, 2019. Rules will follow in our October Mesdames on the Move. All emerging authors welcome. Good Luck!!

COMING UP ON DEAD TO WRITES

Dead to Writes Podcast

September 2: Interview with literary author B.R. Stateham, (A Taste of Old RevengeThere Are No Innocents). #ReadersOnTheRun short story: “Invasion” by Mme Donna CarrickNorth on the Yellowhead,  Carrick Publishing

September 9: Interview with author Kate Raphael (Murder Under the Bridge). Short story reading of “Cover Girl”, flash fiction by Mme Melodie Campbell, from World Enough and Crime, Carrick Publishing, 2014

September 16: Interview Joan Hicks Boone (The Best Girl). Short story: “Axe husband”, by Mme Donna Carrick, North on the Yellowhead,  Carrick Publishing

September 23: Interview with author Tina Wolff (Exacting Justice). Short story: “Runaway” by Joan O’Callaghan, from World Enough and Crime, Carrick Publishing, 2014

September 30: Interview with true crime author Nate Hendley (The Boy on the Bicycle). Short story reading TBD.

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MESDAMES ON THE MOVE – AUGUST UPDATE!

Greetings Readers!

Hope you’re enjoying this fine summer as much as we are. but even as we bask in the sun, we are on the move. As promised, here are our  updates for August!

 

BOOK READINGS AND EVENTS!

Catherine Astolfo

Catherine Astolfo

Caro Soles

Caro Soles

Ed Piwowarczyk

Ed Piwowarczyk

On Thursday, August 3rd, 6 pm, Madame Catherine Astolfo will speak about writing and read from her work at Grace Gallery on 29 Nelson Street, Brantford, ON.

On Saturday, August 5th, M. Ed Piwowarczyk is interviewed on Dead to Writes podcast and will read from his story, “Snake Bit”, from the Mesdames’ award-winning anthology, 13 Claws.

And if you’re looking for something fun to do on Labour Day weekend, August 31st to September 2nd, check out the Women Killing It Festival in Picton, Ontario. Mmes Cathy Astolfo and Caro Soles join several established Canadian crime writers to celebrate crime fiction. The festival includes workshops, readings and a Victorian Tea!

Full details on the festival’s website here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PUBLICATION NEWS!

Melodie Campbell

Melodie Campbell

M. H. Callway

Mmes M. H. Callway and Melodie Campbell are over the moon to be included in the terrific line-up of women writing noir in Coffin Hop Press’s upcoming anthology, The Dame was Trouble. Publication and author details to be released later this month.

 

COMING UP ON DEAD TO WRITES

August 1: Interview with literary author Jen Knox (The Glass City, After the Gazebo). #ReadersOnTheRun short story: “Bullet Proof” by Alex Carrick, “Five Scoops” Is An Addiction, Carrick Publishing

August 5: Interview with M. Ed Piwowarczyk and short story reading of “Snake Bit”, his story in 13 Claws by the Mesdames of Mayhem, Carrick Publishing, 2017

August 12: Interview with Edith Maxwell, Macavity and Agatha-nominated author of Quaker Midwife Mysteries, Country Store, Local Foods and other mystery series. Short story: “The Peace of Mind Thief”, by Alex Carrick, “Five Scoops” Is An Addiction, Alex Carrick, Carrick Publishing

August 19: Interview with author Mike Rubin (The Cottoncrest Curse, Cashed Out) and reading of “The Right Choice” by Donna Carrick, 13 Claws by the Mesdames of Mayhem, Carrick Publishing, 2017

August 26: Interview with author Michelle Cox (A Girl Like You, A Ring of Truth) and reading of short story “Family Recipe” by Catherine Astolfo, EFD1: Starship Goodwords, Carrick Publishing 2012

 

 

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